It is hoped that much-needed works on the lethal stretch of the N4 Doorla to Castlebaldwin road may be edging closer to reality.
Tom Kilfeather, Director of Services, told the monthly meeting of Sligo County Council that building staff are finalising documents for An Bord Pleanála.
He said that staff in that department are aiming to have documents ready in four weeks' time.
"The N4 scheme is currently occupying all of the building staff's time. It is a priority at the moment."
The Sligo County Development Plan was being discussed at the meeting and Clr. Sean MacManus asked for an update on the 'lack of movement' on roads such as the N4, pictured, and the Tubbercurry-Curry section of the N17.
He said that he blamed local TDs and Minister Perry for the failure to secure a small portion of funding for county Sligo.
"The budgetary situation of this council must have some impact on the dozen of roads in the county where no progress has been made."
Clr Margaret Gormley rowed in on the discussion and said that the N17 urgently needed funding.
"There have been 12 fatalities on this road since 2000 – that is 12 too many.
"Our representatives for this area should not forget the N17, it is a very important route," she added.